NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,790 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

stage IVA pancreatic cancer
(... PAN-kree-A-tik KAN-ser)
Cancer has spread to organs that are near the pancreas (such as the stomach, spleen, or colon) but has not spread to distant organs (such as the liver or lungs).

EnlargeStage IV pancreatic cancer; drawing shows cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. Inset shows cancer spreading through the blood and lymph nodes to the lung, liver, peritoneal cavity, and other parts of the body.

Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Cancer may be any size and has spread to distant organs, such as the lung, liver, and peritoneal cavity (the space in the abdomen that contains the intestines, stomach, and liver). Cancer may also have spread to tissue and organs near the pancreas or to lymph nodes.